September is Better Breakfast Month, and while many people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not many actually act on that fact. A study conducted by Kellogg recently found that about one-third of the 14,000 people across America that were surveyed found time to fit breakfast into their schedules.
Overall, breakfast eaters tend to be healthier in that they have shown lower prevalence of overweight and obesity when compared to breakfast skippers, as well as reap the weight management benefits that this meal can provide. Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD, notes that eating breakfast can lead to reduced hunger, healthier choices, and more energy throughout your day. Eating breakfast, within reason of course, may make it easier to avoid overeating later in the day and keep blood sugar levels more stable. People who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet in general, and have more energy, something that when lacking can lead to decreased physical activity.
Your metabolism isn’t the only system to benefit from a breakfast boost! Jan Sheehan of the San Francisco Chronicle comments, “After fasting overnight, your brain’s supply of glucose, its main source of energy, is depleted. A healthy breakfast will jump start your brain and power it throughout the morning, allowing you to think clearly and concentrate on mental tasks”.